Learning Collaborative

Disability Network Learning Collaborative State Teams

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) is pleased to announce the five state teams selected for participation in the Disability Network Business Acumen Learning Collaborative. Each of the five state teams includes at least one state agency and community-based organizations (CBO ) serving persons with disabilities (physical, intellectual and/or developmental). Most also include an integrated healthcare entity or other organization dedicated to the sustainability of CBOs serving people with disabilities. The five State teams represent Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York and Texas. 

This effort is led by the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) in partnership with nine other national organizations. The purpose of the Learning Collaborative is to bring together state “teams” comprised of state agencies, community-based organizations  (CBO) serving persons with disabilities (physical and/or intellectual or developmental), integrated healthcare entities  and other organizations to work together to develop and implement business-related strategies to state-specific challenges to integrating long term services and supports and healthcare services. This work will focus on developing the business acumen of CBOs so that they are prepared to work within a changing business environment.

Those participating in the learning collaborative will benefit from intense and ongoing technical assistance and support. This collaborative will deliver targeted technical assistance through a variety of different means. The types of technical assistance delivered will be customized to the learning collaborative based on the goals and needs of the participating state teams. In addition to the technical assistance received, state teams will work collaboratively with the Business Acumen Resource Center to continuously make summary materials and “lessons learned” available for the community through the Business Acumen website.

State teams include:

  • A Medicaid agency or any operating agency that serves individuals with disabilities including physical and/or intellectual & developmental disabilities
  • CBOs serving individuals with disabilities including physical and/or intellectual & developmental disabilities

In addition, learning collaborative teams may also include: 

  • Integrated healthcare entities, such as:
    • Managed Care Organizations
    • Accountable Care Organizations
    • Health homes, health systems or hospitals
    • Other organizations responsible for the delivery, coordination or payment of acute or primary health care
  • CBOs serving older adults or other specified populations or needs
  • Other organizations that will help strengthen the business acumen of CBOs and delivery of services and supports to individuals with disabilities, including:
    • University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education
    • Developmental Disabilities Councils
    • Independent Living Councils
    • Protection & Advocacy Organizations
    • Behavioral Health Organizations
    • Faith-Based Organizations
    • State specific advocacy groups
    • Complementary services (e.g. law practices, accounting firms, etc.)
    • Other…

To read the Learning Collaborative State Team annoucement, click here.